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  • James Foley execution video staged: experts

    08/25/2014 10:16:07 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 58 replies
    THE VIDEO of a British jihadist beheading an American hostage was probably staged, with the actual murder taking place off-camera, according to forensic analysis. Footage of James Foley’s death at the hands of a man with a London accent provided a powerful propaganda tool for Islamic State when it was uploaded on to the internet and broadcast around the world last week. Now it has emerged that the Briton might be a frontman and not the killer. His identity has almost certainly been established by the security services, but they have yet to act for fear of endangering the lives...
  • See It: Video Showing New Jersey Bear Walking Like A Human Goes Viral

    08/08/2014 8:42:04 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 22 replies
    Apparently, bears do a lot of things in the woods, including walking upright like a human. A home video showing a black bear on its hind legs has been viewed on YouTube than 52,000 times. The New Jersey black bear strolls across a street, peeks into a trash can and generally just ambles along in a Jefferson Township neighborhood. A woman who answered the phone after hours at the Jefferson police department, but declined to giver her name, laughed when the Daily News called for comment. “We’ve all seen it here in the office,” she said of the video. Asked...
  • Inseparable couple who jumped to their deaths because they 'didn't want to be a burden

    07/23/2014 7:41:06 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 8 replies
    Glenys and Royston Smith, 88 and 91, fell to their deaths in December Both suffered from an array of medical conditions, including osteoporosis They had said days before they were afraid of burdening their family Investigators found the note written in pen on their kitchen whiteboard An inquest today in Bournemouth, Dorset, ruled the deaths were suicides The great-grandparents who had been married 67 years, had said just days before they felt unable to go on, and were afraid of burdening their family. Cindy Hoyle, the building's caretaker who found the couple, said Mr Smith had told her days before...
  • Child killed, four hurt in family brawl (Norway)

    05/24/2014 12:31:18 PM PDT · by marthemaria · 20 replies
    UPDATED: A family brawl among 10 people at Ellingsrud in northeast Oslo left a two-year-old girl dead, one critically injured and three others wounded on Friday night. Police arrested several people at the scene of what was described as a massive knife fight. The fight was reported shortly before 5pm, police told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK). Details were sketchy in initial reports from the scene, with one person reported dead and three persons said to be critically injured. It wasn’t until later that police confirmed that the victim of the deadly brawl that shocked the Ellingsrud neighbourhood was the two-year-old daughter...
  • Three killed in shooting outside Brussels Jewish museum

    05/24/2014 9:13:47 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 13 replies
    At least three people were killed in a shooting in central Brussels at the city's Jewish museum on Saturday, local media reported, quoting a fire brigade official. The suspect is still at large. At least four people, three men and a woman, were caught up in the attack, Brussels mayor Yvan Mayeur told RTBF, a Belgian broadcasting company, from the scene. A number of ambulances were at the scene. According to the reports, at least one man came out of a car parked near the entrance to the museum and started shooting, and then fled the scence. An eye witness...
  • Pope Francis Says He Would Definitely Baptize Aliens If They Asked Him To

    05/13/2014 9:35:11 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 220 replies
    Pope Francis would absolutely baptize an alien from Mars, if one showed up at the Vatican and asked for it. During his weekly homily on Monday, Franics said that aliens — which he imagines could be "Green, with that long nose and big ears, just like children paint them" — should be baptized just like anyone else who asks for it, because it's not up to any human to decide who should receive the Holy Spirit. In other words: if God prompts some Martians to come to Earth, find the Pope, and say "we want in on this Catholicism thing."...
  • Boston Marathon finish line area evacuated after suspicious backpacks found

    The area near the Boston Marathon finish line has been evacuated after two unattended bags were discovered. WBZ-TV photographers on the scene, which earlier in the day was the site of a tribute to last year's bombing victims, reported they saw a man with a backpack screaming "Boston Strong." The Boston Police Department reported on Twitter two unattended backpacks were found in the area of the Boston Marathon finish line. They asked people to avoid the area. A bomb squad was en route.
  • 12 Dead, 240 Injured Following World Cup Celebrations In Algeria

    11/20/2013 11:48:37 PM PST · by marthemaria · 7 replies
    Twelve people died and 240 more were injured in Algeria Tuesday night, during celebrations for the national soccer team’s World Cup-clinching victory, according to Algerian authorities. After the win, fans celebrated the victory across Algeria, driving their cars through the streets and honking their horns despite heavy rains in the northern part of the country. In a statement released Wednesday, the Algerian government reported that five fans were killed when a van slid off a road into a ravine in the port city of Bejaia and four more died in a car accident in Biskra, the capital city of the...
  • Ice cream names cause debate - are the names racist or Nazi codewords?

    11/12/2013 6:49:25 AM PST · by marthemaria · 53 replies
    GB Glace launched a new flavor of a classic ice-cream the other week, and were promptly accused of racism. The ice-creams unfortunate name is "Nogger Black" as it is a liquorice flavored version of the classic nougat-flavored "Nogger". A couple of years ago they made a liquorice version of the 88. It had a crunchy outside, liquorice and vanilla inside and was really quite good. However, it failed to become popular and was discontinued. This year GB decided to try their luck with a liquorice version of another classic ice-cream, the nougat covered vanilla and then soft nougat center ice-cream...
  • Magnus Carlsen at 12: 'Why was I born without any chess talent?

    It is the most anticipated world championship match since the Fischer-Spassky title clash in 1972. A new era has possibly dawned, where one of the greatest players in the history of chess, Viswanathan Anand, plays Magnus Carlsen. In Norway, like in India, chess is in the shadow of more popular TV sports such as skiing and football. Despite his being recognised in the streets regularly, Carlsen's fame hasn't led to an increase in the number of chess players. When I first saw Carlsen as a nine-year-old in April 2000, I knew he was something special. It may sound like a...
  • 'Three killed' in Norway bus hijack

    'Three killed' in Norway bus hijack Breaking news Three people have been killed in the hijacking of a bus in Norway, media reports say. The suspect, a man in his 50s of foreign origin, has been arrested, police told Norway's TV2 news channel. The man was said to have been armed with a knife. There were no immediate details of the number of injured. The attack - which was initially reported as a traffic accident - took place around 17:30 local time (GMT) in the central town of Ardal.
  • For Norwegian drug addicts, pregnancy might lead to incarceration

    11/02/2013 3:19:24 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 6 replies
    A unique law gives social workers in Norway the right to lock up pregnant drug addicts to protect the health of unborn children. A new study looks at how the pregnant users react to being incarcerated 'Siri' was enrolled in an opioid-assisted drug rehabilitation programme in Norway when she discovered that she was sixth months pregnant. She informed the staff immediately, and within 24 hours she was – voluntarily – on her way to a closed ward. She felt that firm limits were needed. After arrival she was shocked to find that doors and windows were locked, surveillance was extensive,...
  • Merkel quizzes Obama on reports US spied on her phone

    10/24/2013 6:07:36 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 20 replies
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel demanded answers from President Barack Obama on Wednesday after learning US spies may have monitored her phone, warning this would be "breach of trust" between allies. The White House, rattled by the latest exposure based on leaks from intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, said it is not now listening in on Merkel, but did not deny the possibility her communications may have been intercepted in the past. In the wake of Snowden's ongoing revelations, several more key US countries have already complained about American electronic surveillance, and the White House is struggling to stem the diplomatic damage....
  • Mystery Gypsy camp girl triggers global outpouring of sympathy and tips

    10/22/2013 8:34:39 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 32 replies
    A Greek appeal for help in identifying the girl has triggered a global outpouring of sympathy and tips -- over 8,000 calls so far -- but no concrete breakthroughs, authorities said Monday. Greek police on the case are investigating everything from a potential link with child trafficking rings to a welfare scam or even simple charity as they seek the The Greek appeal follows the discovery last week of the girl in a Gypsy settlement in central Greece during a police raid looking for drugs, firearms and fugitives. The blond, blue-eyed child was strikingly unlike the couple she lived with,...
  • Feral pig pinches multiple six-packs of beer and runs riot at Pilbara camp sites

    09/11/2013 9:19:51 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 17 replies
    A booze-stealing feral pig that is wreaking havoc in the Pilbara has prompted a reminder for travellers at camp sites and rest stops to ensure their food and alcohol is secured. It is believed the animal has drunk up to 18 cans of beer at the DeGrey River rest area, east of Port Hedland, over the past few days. Fionna Findley says the animal has caused a nuisance, ransacking bin bags left in the area by clean-up crews. "And when they were talking to some of the road users that were parked over for the night, I think they were...
  • Little Girl and Baby Gorilla Make Fast Friends at the Zoo

    08/28/2013 3:43:43 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 16 replies
    There may be no sweeter pairing than a small child and an animal, especially when that animal is itself a baby. When innocence meets innocence on such a grand scale, generally the uber cute fireworks start popping off. With that said, prepare yourself for an overload of cuteness and proceed with caution. Recently a little girl got to take a trip to the zoo with her family. Little did she know that when she entered the gorilla exhibit, not only would she see the majestic primates in all of their glory, she would also make a new friend in the...
  • Amazon tribe in voluntary isolation reappears in Peru jungle seeking supplies at remote town

    08/20/2013 10:00:00 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 40 replies
    A tribe of Indians that lives in voluntary isolation in Peru’s southeastern Amazon has made a tense attempt at contact. The president of the regional FENAMAD indigenous federation says more than 100 Mashco-Piro appeared across a river from the remote community of Monte Salvado in Madre de Dios state. Klaus Quicque says they asked local Yine people for bananas, rope and machetes. Newly available video that Quique says was shot by forest rangers over three days in June shows Mashco-Piro of all ages and sexes, including men with lances, bows and arrows. Quicque said Monday there were tense moments but...
  • Gaming cuts Norway youth crime by a quarter

    08/14/2013 10:22:26 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 5 replies
    Computer games may have cut youth crime in Norway by as much as a quarter over the last decade, social research outfit Nova has argued on the release of Norway's latest crime statistics. Norway has seen a dramatic drop in youth crime over the last decade, according to figures from Statistics Norway released this week, with just 7.8 percent of 15-20 year olds charged with an offence in 2011, compared to 10.3 percent in 2002. "What we see is that young people spend more time in front of their screens, and this changes the conditions for youth crime," Nova's lead...
  • Breivik applies to study political science at Oslo University

    07/30/2013 3:40:35 PM PDT · by marthemaria · 4 replies
    Norway killer Anders Behring Breivik has applied to study politics at the University of Oslo, triggering fevered debate among university staff, who look likely to be forced to accept him. During his trial last year, friends of the far-Right extremist pointed to his decision to drop out of high school before graduating, despite higher than average grades, as a key turning point in his pathway to extremism. Knut Bjarkeid, the director at Ila Prison, where Breivik is serving a 21-year sentence, said he would encourage such a move. "The prison will always try to pave the way for inmates to...
  • Police in Houston find 'prison room,' 8 held captive

    07/19/2013 12:00:40 PM PDT · by marthemaria · 7 replies
    <p>Eight people have been held captive at a north Houston house, with some perhaps dwelling in what's described as a "prison room" and one man possibly kept against his will for a decade, police said.</p> <p>Four are men between the ages of 50 and 80 and the others are women who police characterized as suffering from mental illness. A man has been detained for questioning. No charges have been filed.</p>
  • Piers Morgan Conducts Riveting Interview With Trayvon Martin’s Friend, Witness Rachel Jeantel

    07/15/2013 7:29:28 PM PDT · by marthemaria · 126 replies
    bombshell interview with an anonymous Zimmerman trial juror tonight with an exclusive chat with the witness everyone has been waiting to hear from since the verdict came down: Trayvon Martin‘s friend Rachel Jeantel. Jeantel, who created a media firestorm with her highly-polarizing testimony towards the beginning of the trial, appeared on Piers Morgan Live alongside her attorney. She described her reaction to Zimmerman’s acquittal as “disappointed, upset and angry” and called the jury’s assessment of what happened “just B.S.” Asked about what Trayvon Martin was like as a friend, Jeantel described him as a “calm, chill, loving person” and said...
  • George Will Be ‘Looking Around His Shoulder For The Rest Of His Life

    07/13/2013 9:25:47 PM PDT · by marthemaria · 63 replies
    Robert Zimmerman Jr. gave the first post-verdict interview from the Zimmerman family to CNN’s Piers Morgan tonight. Zimmerman told Morgan his family is still processing the verdict and the prospect of George being a free man again. He did not partake in any kind of joy, saying no matter what it’s still a horrible tragedy, but expressed that his brother will be looking over his shoulder for the rest of his free life. Zimmerman told Morgan he “can’t put into words how relieved we are as a family,” but made it clear this isnot “a time for high-fiving,” because Trayvon...
  • My daddy, my hero': Two-year-old son of murdered soldier attends funeral.

    07/12/2013 6:10:47 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 4 replies
    The son of Fusilier Lee Rigby arrived at his father's funeral today wearing a t-shirt that said: 'My Daddy, My Hero'. Jack, Rigby two, arrived at the funeral wearing a blue t shirt with 'My Daddy's A Fusilier. Lee Rigby' printed on the front. He was joined by hundreds of mourners at the service for the 25-year-old, who was hacked to death outside Woolwich barracks in east London on May 22. The service began with a hymn and a reading by Sean Sheer, one of Lee's fellow soldiers and a family friend, bringing laughter from mourners. He spoke about how...
  • Bulger killer goes free again: Fury as Venables set for early release from child porn sentence

    07/04/2013 3:35:27 PM PDT · by marthemaria · 11 replies
    The parents of murdered toddler James Bulger expressed outrage tonight that one of his killers is to be freed again. Denise Fergus and Ralph Bulger said they were ‘filled with terror’ by the decision to grant parole to Jon Venables, 30. The child killer, who was controversially released from his life sentence in 2001 with a new taxpayer-funded identity, was sent back to jail three years ago after being caught with depraved images of children as young as two on his computer. He admitted downloading and distributing the images, which included some of toddlers being raped, as well as posing...
  • Monkey buys drink from vending machine, returns the change

    06/19/2013 10:59:50 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 15 replies
    Oh, no big deal, it’s just a monkey buying himself a juice from a vending machine and remembering to return the change. Aki the Capuchin monkey from Nihonmatsu, Japan inserts his coins into the vending machine, then bangs on it until a beverage is released. The monkey returns the change from the coin slot, and goes on to enjoy his drink. I also would like to note that he opens the bottle himself. Capuchin monkeys are known for being the most intelligent of the New World monkeys and live in the tropical rain forests of Central and South America, and...
  • Male train drivers don skirts after shorts ban (Sweden)

    06/09/2013 10:19:09 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 23 replies
    It gets warm working on the railways around Stockholm in the summer and in recent weeks male employees have been revolting against a ban on shorts by coming to work clad in skirts. "Of course people stare at you a little when you are on the platform, but you just have to put up with it," train driver Martin Åkersten told the local Mitti newspaper. Åkersten is one of a group of 13 male employees who have been wearing skirts in order to keep cool while working the Roslagsbanan commuter train services. "It can be over 35 degrees Celsius in...
  • The bears who like to get high: Russian animals are so addicted to aviation fuel they sniff it....

    03/19/2013 10:05:49 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 9 replies
    Daily mail ^ | March 17, 2013 | Helen Lawson
    These brown bears are keen to play with discarded barrels - because they have developed a nose for aviation fuel. The creatures sniff kerosene and gasoline from containers left in the Kronotsky Nature Reserve in the far east of Russia. They take deep breaths for minutes at a time before digging a shallow hole and lying in a 'nirvana' position. The fuel is used to power generators and helicopters used by nature reserve workers. Photographer Igor Shpilenok, 52, spent seven months with the community of bears. He said some of the addicted predators even stalked helicopters, waiting for take off...
  • 51 killed, hundreds poisoned by homemade alcohol in Libya

    03/15/2013 1:15:13 PM PDT · by marthemaria · 22 replies
    Fifty-one people have died since Saturday after drinking homemade alcohol, most of them in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, and more than 300 others were suffering from alcohol poisoning, the health ministry said on Monday. The consumption and sale of alcohol is banned in the North African country, even though it is available on the black market. In a statement on its website, the ministry said 38 people had died in Tripoli and another 13 had died while on their way to Tunisia for treatment. "There have been 378 cases of alcohol poisoning so far," the ministry said, adding the illegal...
  • The animal trainer who's best friend is a polar bear

    03/07/2013 11:06:10 AM PST · by marthemaria · 34 replies
    Grizzly man Mark Dumas and Agee the polar bear do everything together. They swim together, wrestle together, roll in the grass together... even nap together. They have been polar pals since Agee was six weeks old and the colossal mammal even lived in Mark's home as a cub where she played with the family dogs and was bottle fed. Mark, 60, said: 'If anyone else tried this they would end up as Agee's dinner. ‘I have worked with bears in this way for over 40 years, so I can read Agee's body language and know how to behave safely around...
  • The Norwegian Defence League: A Creature of the PST?

    The following article from Dagbladet reveals that the Norwegian Defence League was created and nurtured by the Norwegian Security Police (PST). During its early days, three of its six leaders were PST agents, and the man who initiated the creation of the NDL was an agent for multiple organizations — he infiltrated the leadership of “anti-racist” and communist organizations as well. I can’t help but be reminded of the fact that Stalin was a double agent for the Okhrana, the Czar’s secret intelligence service, before the Bolshevik Revolution. The Okhrana thus unwittingly helped engineer the overthrow of the Russian state....
  • Parents of baby featured in viral C-section photo: 'It was such an amazing moment

    01/03/2013 7:29:20 AM PST · by marthemaria · 8 replies
    PHOENIX -- Alicia and Randy Atkins knew their baby girl would be photogenic before she was even born. Randy captured an amazing shot of this soon-to-be-born daughter, Nevaeh, poking her tiny hand out of her mother's womb and tightly grasping the finger of the doctor helping to bring her into the world. “The doctor called me over and said, ‘Hey, she's grabbing my finger.’ So I ran over there and just grabbed the shot and I was just in awe looking at it. It was such an amazing picture,” Randy told 3TV's Jason Voluntine, adding that he was nervous about...
  • 28 Dead, Including 20 Children, After Shooting Rampage At Sandy Hook School In Newtown

    <p>State police are responding to a report of a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dickinson Drive, school officials said.</p> <p>Police are reporting a number of injured parties. The nature of their injuries is not clear.</p> <p>There are unconfirmed reports of two shooters — one dead, one still at large.</p>
  • Barefoot Man Not Homeless: Jeffrey Hillman, Given Boots By NYPD Officer, Has Bronx Apartment

    12/05/2012 8:21:47 AM PST · by marthemaria · 34 replies
    he barefoot man helped by a kind cop in New York City is not actually homeless. Last week, we told you about the heartwarming story of an NYPD officer giving a homeless and barefoot man a pair of winter boots. The story seemed almost too good to be true. And, according to one report, that is in fact the case. The New York Daily News reported on Monday that the barefoot man in question, Jeffrey Hillman, is not actually homeless. Instead, he has an apartment in the Bronx thanks to disability benefits and vouchers. The article also notes that Jeffrey...
  • Denmark shocked by story of brain-dead donor’s recovery

    The world of organ donation in Denmark is in turmoil. A documentary was aired earlier this month which showed family members reacting in anguish to the news that their 19-year-old daughter was brain dead after a car accident, agreeing to donate her organs and allowing doctors to turn off her respirator. About 1.7 million viewers tuned in to the heart-rending drama. But Carina Melchior did not die after her respirator was removed. She is now undergoing rehabilitation and may make a full recovery. About 500 people immediately removed their names from Denmark’s organ donor register. Doctors at Aarhus University Hospital...
  • Man attacks US embassy guard in Tel Aviv

    11/20/2012 9:50:12 AM PST · by marthemaria · 17 replies
    Attacker stabs and injures security guard; warning shots fired; shooter is in police custody. An Israeli man stabbed a security guard outside the US embassy in Tel Aviv late Tuesday morning, lightly injuring him. Security guards fired warning shots at the shooter, who was subsequently arrested. Paramedics were on the scene. Police were interrogating the shooter, a 41-year-old Jewish man from Bat Yam, police told Israel Radio. "A Mazda car stopped next to the U.S. embassy and a man got out carrying a red bag and a pitchfork," said David Cohen, 48, who told Reuters he witnessed the incident while...
  • Foreign criminals may get fast-track courts (Norways stupid criminal system again)

    11/05/2012 9:23:03 AM PST · by marthemaria · 1 replies
    Norwegian police propose establishing quick courts to process criminal cases involving foreigners “They [foreign criminals] will then not be able to disappear before a binding court decision is reached. Nevertheless, it will still be a problem getting the person to serve time in applicable cases,” Oslo Police District’s Egil Jørgen Brekke says to NRK. The suggestion applies to lesser offences. Foreigners would be brought before judges within three days should it become law to save officers having to employ established remand hearing procedures. Many of some 7,000 people police seek who are convicted or suspected of serious felonies are foreigners....
  • Political Ad Makes 4-Year-Old Cry

    11/01/2012 8:30:47 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 22 replies
    Political ads on t.v. and the radio can bring tears to your eyes. It surely did for one 4-year-old girl in Colorado. Little Abigail Evans and her mother were listening to election coverage on NPR when the girl started crying saying she was tired of “Bronco Bamma and Mitt Romney.”
  • Breivik’s mother ‘decided he was violent while breastfeeding (Norway)

    10/09/2012 8:12:26 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 13 replies
    Anders Behring Breivik’s mother “sexualized” her four-year-old son and often told him she wished he were dead, according to child psychologist reports in a book on the Norwegian killer. The reports also show that his mother became preoccupied with fears that he would assault someone. “She saw him as an adult violent person, though he was only a small boy,” said Aage Borchgrevink, author of A Norwegian Tragedy. “She was afraid that he would assault people.” The psychologist reports show that Wenche Behring already felt that her son was “aggressive, hyperactive and clingy” when she was breastfeeding him. By the...
  • Ikea 'regrets' removal of women from Saudi catalogue

    10/01/2012 2:54:49 PM PDT · by marthemaria · 18 replies
    Swedish furniture company Ikea has said it regrets that images of women are missing from the Saudi version of its catalogue. Women are clearly present in corresponding images in the firm's English-language catalogue. The firm said "excluding women from the Saudi Arabian version of the catalogue is in conflict with the Ikea Group values". It attributed the gaffe to the fact its Saudi operation is run by a franchisee. Several images in the catalogue, published on Ikea's Saudi website, show women completely absent in a number of promotional scenes. The same images in other versions of the catalogue include women....
  • Explosion rocks Malmö Jewish centre (Sweden)

    09/28/2012 7:13:05 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 20 replies
    Police were called out early on Friday morning after loud bangs were heard near the Jewish community centre in Malmö, southern Sweden. Explosion rocks Malmö Jewish centre Police were called out early on Friday morning after loud bangs were heard near the Jewish community centre in Malmö, southern Sweden. “There as been an explosion. Something has detonated – we are certain of that,” said police officer Erik Liljenström to local paper Sydsvenskan early on Friday morning. The police received a call shortly after 1am. Witnesses said they had heard loud blasts near the centre some 15 minutes earlier. When police...
  • When Prophet goes viral: ‘Freedom of speech has price’

    09/19/2012 9:11:09 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 7 replies
    French weekly publishes a satirical cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed - fearing a backlash over the stunt, France is to close several of its embassies in the Middle East. RT asks political pundit Pierre Guerlain why freedom of speech trumps security. Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical magazine, boasts its highest circulation this year – actually since the previous controversial issue guest-edited by “the Prophet Mohammed.” In November 2011, the weekly’s headquarters was firebombed by insulted Muslim protesters over the publication. This time, the consequences may be just as dramatic, given a week of violent protests around the globe over an...
  • Our Vulnerable Embassies

    09/15/2012 7:37:11 PM PDT · by marthemaria · 7 replies
    On Tuesday of this week, demonstrators waving al-Qaida flags stormed the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, removed the American flag from its pole, and set it on fire. At roughly the same time, a terrorist cell attacked the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and assassinated U.S. ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three of his senior staff members. The embassy in Yemen was breached the next day. In the wake of all this, the biggest question isn’t what Hillary Clinton, Mitt Romney, and Barack Obama should say on TV. The most important question is: why weren’t our diplomats able to defend themselves...
  • Protesters try to storm German, British embassies in Sudan

    09/14/2012 5:23:18 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 34 replies
    Sudan's police fired teargas on Friday to stop about 5,000 demonstrators storming the German and British embassies to protest against an anti-Islam film, a Reuters witness said. Protesters hurled stones at the two embassies which are next to each other in Khartoum and tried storming the main gates, a witness said.
  • US consulate in Berlin evacuated as precaution

    09/13/2012 4:27:46 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 4 replies
    <p>The U.S. Embassy says its consulate in Berlin has been evacuated as a precaution after an employee reported a strange smell from an envelope.</p> <p>Spokeswoman Ruth Bennett said the smell came from an envelope containing supporting materials for a visa application given to consular employees by the applicant in person Thursday morning.</p>
  • Norway prison seeks 'friends' to play hockey, chess with mass killer Breivik

    09/01/2012 6:29:16 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 26 replies
    A Norwegian prison is looking to hire people to be friends with mass killer Anders Behring Breivik, according to reports. Ila prison hopes to find people willing to play hockey, chess and otherwise interact with Breivik, who is on trial for massacring 77 people in a bomb attack in Oslo and a shooting at a summer camp for young people on Utoeya island in July last year. Citing Norway's Verdens Gang, the U.K.’s Telegraph newspaper reported that the "friends" would be trained experts as Breivik, 33, is feared to be too dangerous to mix with other prisoners. "It could be...
  • Court finds Norwegian mass killer Breivik sane

    08/24/2012 1:51:54 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 32 replies
    A Norwegian court found Anders Behring Breivik sane on Friday and gave him a maximum jail term for murdering 77 people in a shooting and bombing last year, offering closure to a Nordic nation devastated by its worst attack since World War Two. Breivik, who has admitted blowing up the Oslo government headquarters with a fertilizer bomb, killing eight, before gunning down 69 at the ruling party's summer youth camp, was sentenced to 21 years in prison, the maximum penalty in Norway. But officials can prevent his release indefinitely and are expected to do so if the anti-Muslim right-winger still...
  • Lessons we can all learn from failure (Norwegian respons to terrorist attack)

    08/16/2012 2:16:10 PM PDT · by marthemaria · 10 replies
    When Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 people in a bombing and gun massacre last summer, the shock was not just the enormity of the crime. It was also that it happened in peaceful and prosperous Norway, commonly seen as one of the world’s most successful societies. If Norway cannot stop such a tragedy, what hope do others have? But on Monday, Norway learnt that it could have stopped it. The July 22 commission, charged with investigating the authorities’ preparedness for and response to the attack, reported that it could have been foreseen and avoided or at least limited. In fact...
  • Leading figure of Hungarian anti-Semitic party discovers he is Jewis

    08/15/2012 11:42:36 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 23 replies
    A leading member of a Hungarian anti-Semitic party, notorious for his provocative comments about Jews has discovered that he is a Jew himself. Ultra nationalist Csanad Szegedi of the far-right Jobbik Party had accused Jews of ‘buying up’ the country, railed about the ‘Jewishness’ of the political elite and claimed Jews were desecrating national symbols. That was until it was revealed that his grandmother was a survivor of Auschwitz death camp and his grandfather was a forced labour camp veteran. After discovering he was Jewish, Szegedi met with Rabbi Slomo Koves, of Hungary's Orthodox Chabad-Lubavitch community in early August, whose...
  • Embassy sparked own bomb scare

    07/31/2012 8:11:22 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 2 replies
    An almost eerie quiet descended on the area around the US Embassy in Oslo on Tuesday, as police dealt with what they feared was a bomb found under a nearby car. Now there may be some noise, after police indicated the bomb scare was sparked by the embassy itself. A major emergency response to the bomb scare halted traffic in the middle of the day and forced local evacuations. Police cordoned off a wide area around the embassy and the adjacent Royal Palace after a “suspicious object” they feared was an explosive device was found under a nearby parked car....
  • Choreographer angry that NBC cut segment (Christian hymn was cut out)

    07/28/2012 7:30:59 PM PDT · by marthemaria · 23 replies
    The choreographer of a somber segment in the London Olympics opening ceremony said Saturday he's disappointed that NBC decided not to show it to an American audience. Spectators were asked to display photos of loved ones who could not be there during the segment. The music, a hymn called "Abide With Me," was described in the ceremony's program as an "honest expression of the fear of approaching death." NBC producers did not air it, instead showing American viewers Ryan Seacrest's interview with swimmer Michael Phelps. "I am disappointed," said Londoner Akram Khan, who choreographed and danced in the segment. "I...